About Christine Candelaria

Christine Candelaria is a local mom of four who enjoys sharing her Santa Cruz adventures. You can follow her #santacruzlife on Instagram at @theaumsmama.

This Weekend in Santa Cruz: December 13th – 15th, 2019

Holiday magic is alive in Santa Cruz this weekend with no shortage of festive fun. Take in a Nutcracker ballet, ride a horse-drawn carriage Downtown, catch a free showing of the movie Elf, and shop local artisan craft fairs.

Want a break from the holiday madness? Look no further than a Star Wars-themed Warriors game, science-themed standup comedy, and professional wrestling at the Civic.

See our picks for the top events each day this weekend:

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Get Festive! Your Guide to the Best 2019 Santa Cruz Holiday Events

2019 Santa Cruz Holiday Events

December is full of cheer in Santa Cruz with unique celebrations, beloved traditions, and a few new events this year that may become your holiday faves.

Celebrate the holidays in Santa Cruz with tree lightings, train rides, parades by land and sea, Nutcracker ballets, and opportunities to see Santa.

Be sure to check back often, as new holiday events are added throughout the season.

Here’s a roundup of some of the best opportunities to celebrate the holidays in Santa Cruz!

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: November 29th – December 1st, 2019

Rain or shine, Thanksgiving weekend is here, possibly along with your visiting friends and family.

Enjoy local traditions like Surfing Santa in Capitola Village or a steam train ride at Roaring Camp. Shop small and local at an array of holiday craft fairs from Humble Sea Brewing Co. to Felton. Take the family out to a Warriors game—perfect for a rainy Saturday!

Enjoy the holiday!

See our picks for the top events each day this weekend:

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